Life Under Change

Quotes that inspire, challenge and comfort us.

Introverts

 

“Solitude matters, and for some people, it's the air they breathe”
-- Susan Cain

 

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
-- Audrey Hepburn

 

“Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to Hell.”
-- Criss Jami, Killosophy

 

“You see things. You keep quiet about them and you understand. “
-- The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

“Introverts treasure the close relationships they have stretched so much to make.” 
-- Adam S. McHugh

 

“There is a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I’ve got to see my friends because I’m too content by myself.” 
-- Drew Barrymore

 

“When introverts are in conflict with each other...it may require a map in order to follow all the silences, nonverbal cues and passive-aggressive behaviors!”
-- Adam S. McHugh 

 

“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.” 
-- William S. Boroughs

 

“Now that you're an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book. Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. Or you're told that you're "in your head too much", a phrase that's often deployed against the quiet and cerebral.

Or maybe there's another word for such people: thinkers.”

-- Susan Cain 

“I think a lot, but I don’t say much.”
-- Anne Frank

 

“A Manifesto for Introverts

1. There's a word for 'people who are in their heads too much': thinkers.
2. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.
3. The next generation of quiet kids can and must be raised to know their own strengths.
4. Sometimes it helps to be a pretend extrovert. There will always be time to be quiet later.
5. But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is key to finding work you love and work that matters.
6. One genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards.
7. It's OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk.
8. 'Quiet leadership' is not an oxymoron.
9. Love is essential; gregariousness is optional.
10. 'In a gentle way, you can shake the world.' -Mahatma Gandhi”

-- Susan Cain

 

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”
-- Stephen Hawking

 

“I've been accused my whole life of being "too sensitive". This actually kind of pisses me off, but maybe that's just because I'm too sensitive.”
--
 Sophia Dembling 

 

“Don’t underestimate me because I’m quiet. I know more than I say, think more than I speak and observe more than you know.”
-- Michaela Chung

 

“Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.”
-- Jenn Granneman

 

“Please kindly go away, I’m introverting.”
-- Beth Buelow

 

“The same person who would never raise his hand in a lecture hall of two hundred people might blog to two thousand, or two million, without thinking twice. The same person who finds it difficult to introduce himself to strangers might establish a persence online and then extend these relationships into the real world.”
-- Susan Cain


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